Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 2/21/13
With the Rangers not confirming the nature of Rick Nash's injury, there has been a ton of speculation from the flu to re-aggravating an old groin injury to a concussion. So I decided to setup a Nash injury timeline to help us out. It all started with a little over 13 minutes left in the Rangers 4-3 shootout victory against the Bruins on February 12th when Milan Lucic did this to Nash... The Rangers were apparently not happy about the hit or that Lucic was not penalized. While the hit did seem to stun Nash, he was more than fine when he abused Tuukka Rask later in the game to help give the Rangers the victory... The Rangers didn't practice the next day, but Nash was on the ice with his teammates on Thursday morning for the pregame skate in preparation for the Rangers game against the Islanders that night. And Nash's prep must have been good, as in 24:59 of action Nash had an assist, was a +1 with two shots on goal while adding three blocked shots. Then on Friday the 15th, the Rangers sent Chris Kreider down to the CT Whale. Meanwhile that night at a Rangers season subscriber event, the organization told attendees that Nash, who was originally scheduled to participate, was not able to make it because he was "sick." On Saturday, John Tortorella told the press that Nash was not at practice because he was given a "maintenance day" due to the amount of hockey he had played this season. Later that afternoon, the Rangers made a surprise recall of Kreider from Hartford. In his Sunday morning column, Larry Brooks at the NY Post, who is usually dialed in to what is happening behind the Rangers' locker room walls, floats the idea that Nash may have suffered a head injury on the Lucic hit. That night, both Nash and Kreider took warm-ups before the game against the Capitals, but it was Nash who ends up in the line-up. In his pre-game press conference, Torts tells a reporter that it was “None of your business” why Nash might need some rest. He then admitted that Nash was "banged up" but indicated there was never a doubt he'd play the game and he looked healthy. Nash picks up an assist, is a +1 with eight shots on goal and one hit in 22:33 of action during the Rangers 2-1 victory over the Caps. This Monday morning the Rangers put a smile on my face by recalling Brandon Mashinter after Darroll Power suffered a concussion in the Capitals game. Kreider remains with the team. Later that afternoon, Nash participates in a full practice. On Tuesday morning, we are given the news that Mashinter will make his Rangers debut that night against the Canadiens, while Kreider would be the healthy scratch. Then just two hours before their game against Montreal, the Rangers announce that Nash will not be in the line-up. Tortorella did not elaborate on the reasoning saying just "Nope, he's out." Yesterday, Jeff Klein at the New York Times reports that the injury which held Nash out of the Montreal game is believed to be related to a groin injury he sustained while playing with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A during the lockout. And finally, yesterday afternoon we're informed that Nash would not accompany the team to Ottawa for their game tonight, but said he may meetup with them for Saturday night's game in Montreal. ...so there you have it folks. Not sure if I've confused you even more or hopefully shed some light on certain aspects. What I do know is this, over the course of the week the Rangers have said Nash was sick, needed a maintenance day due to the amount of hockey he's played, is banged up and looked healthy. Hopefully these mixed messages are being conveyed to protect him, not hide something. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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